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Video of the Moment #2751: Franz Ferdinand

 
By on Wednesday, 6th December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

As reported in October, Glasgow’s most famous and most sleaziest rockers Franz Ferdinand will be touring the UK in February 2018 following the release of their newest album. ‘Always Ascending’, scheduled to drop on the 9th of February 2018 on Domino Records, is their fifth studio album but the first since the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy and the gaining of two new members, Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot. As a follow-up to the unveiling of the stream of the title track, the band have released its official promo video. Alex Kapranos has gone blonde, and true to the title of the song, the video does its best to elevate you. Literally. Watch it below. Stay tuned, as I’m sure Franz Ferdinand will release more from the album to whet fans’ appetites until release day in February. For more on the Scottish band here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Franz Ferdinand / February 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Franz Ferdinand have announced their return to the record shops next year. ‘Always Ascending’, their fifth studio album, will be available on the 9th of February 2018 on Domino Records. The day after its release, the Scottish rockers will begin a UK/Irish tour in Galway that will run for just over 2 weeks, concluding at Brighton Dome on the 25th of February. Tickets to the below dates will go on sale next Friday, the 3rd of November at 9 AM. While you’re waiting to pounce on those tickets, you can have a listen to the title track, embedded under the tour listings.

Saturday 10th February 2017 – Galway Leisureland
Sunday 11th February 2017 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 13th February 2017 – Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 14th February 2017 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 16th February 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 17th February 2017 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 19th February 2017 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 20nd February 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 21st February 2017 – Bristol Academy
Friday 23th February 2017 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 24th February 2017 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 25th February 2017 – Brighton Dome

 

Video of the Moment #1593 (and more!): Franz Ferdinand

 
By on Tuesday, 5th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish rock stalwarts Franz Ferdinand now have a promo video for ‘Stand on the Horizon’, their next single off of ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, their fourth album released in 2013. According to the press sheet, the song was inspired by frontman Alex Kapranos’ fond memories of growing up in the North East, specifically Sunderland. I can’t explain why the video ends on the beach, after a gold lame-suited version of the group has alighted for the coast with their mostly aged pub fanbase, but who said videos had to make sense? Watch it below.

But wait! There’s “more” in the title of this post, and there is. Frankie and the Heartstrings – a Sunderland band, of course – have covered the single and you can hear their cover below. (Seriously, how appropriate or what?)

 

Video of the Moment #1466: Franz Ferdinand

 
By on Friday, 7th March 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s been a long week, and it’s time for something fun. What could be more bonkers than Franz Ferdinand‘s Nick McCarthy dressing up like a woman with a fur hat and lipstick cavorting around Bavaria? (I did a double take: was that really the same guitarist I met last October?) You just have to watch the hilarious video for ‘Erdbeer Mund’. You can thank us later.

 

Top Gigs of 2013: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Tuesday, 17th December 2013 at 11:00 am
 

2013 did not disappoint to deliver another year of brilliant live performances for me here in America and in Britain. Which shows will I remember the most from 20-13? (I wrote it out that way, because I was told this last time in England that me pronouncing it that way makes it obvious I am an American. Do you reckon that’s true? I’m trying, folks, I’m trying, but as the majority of you know, I am American, born and bred!) Read on about the most exciting shows I’ve been to this year…

5. the 1975 at U Street Music Hall (20th June 2013) – I’ve been lucky enough to have seen the 1975 5 times this year, with 3 of those times in DC, and unusually, the one show that sticks out in my mind among all others is not their largest show in DC, nor their smallest, but the one in between.

The energy at U Street Music Hall, coupled with the screaming fans down the front, made it clear I was witnessing history. So what if “she’s got a boyfriend anyway”? We’ll be singing and bopping to the music like we don’t care, that’s what.

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4. Savoir Adore at DC9 (25th September 2013) – DC9 doesn’t have a great reputation for sound quality, but on this Wednesday night, all the stars aligned for a near perfect sounding show, highlighting the shiny, glittery ambiance that Savoir Adore brings to their shows.

Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer now have an impressive back catalogue to draw from, and this was just a wonderful gig to showcase their music, with punters having such a good time dancing to their tunes.

Savoir Adore Washington 2013 live 2

3. the Crookes at Sheffield Shakespeare (19th May 2013) – as the American editor of a UK-centric music site, all too often I’m left banging my head against a table or a wall when I come to the disappointing conclusion that I can’t attend a show I really want to be at. (Maybe one day when I have my own private plane…)

While the travel to Sheff was a pain in the arse – I must have taken the slowest Sunday train known to man from St. Pancras to the North East – and I’d not slept the night before, as John and I had been in Brighton all weekend to cover the Great Escape, it was all worth it for this chance to see one of my favourite bands in a teeny tiny gig in their hometown. As soon as I’d arrived at the place, I knew I’d made the right decision, having been greeted with the singing talents of a good friend wafting ‘Dance in Colour’ out of the top windows of the pub. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Read my review for further musings.

2. OMD at Gateshead Sage (13th May 2013) – where do you go to see a favourite Northern band when possible? The North, of course. Martin had alerted me ahead of time that the Sage was quite a posh place and to expect people to be dressed fancier than I was used to seeing in clubs.

Hate people talking on their phones at gigs? The Sage has high-tech mobile phone blocking technology. The beautifully lit, swiveling panels suspended in the air above us and the band were awe-inspiring, as were Andy McCluskey’s seemingly inexhaustible singing and dad-dancing talents. ‘Electricity’? Why, yes.

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1. Little Comets at the Hamilton (13th August 2013) – for the longest time, it seemed all my music friends had seen this Geordie band live and I hadn’t; further, so many of the bands I was personally friends with either had toured with them or had become friends with them after being impressed by their live show at a festival.

Well, it took 4 long years but I finally got to see Little Comets live, and I’m pleased to report they were well worth the wait. The dinner theatre-style setup of the Hamilton means at most shows, punters will remain sat at their tables, chewing on their tapas. Not this night: with fans shrieking and letting out catcalls of delight, stomping to their favourite songs and singing along word for word to tracks like ‘Isles’, it was definitely a moment in time I will never forget. More of this, please!

Little Comets Washington 2

Honourable mentions:

Franz Ferdinand at Strathmore Hall (17th October 2013) – I was under the distinct impression I would never see Franz Ferdinand live, unless maybe I was lucky enough to catch them at a festival. It had been 7 years since they’d played in DC. Great show punctuated with Alex Kapranos’ Olympic-effort leaps and bounds, and I have to say, you haven’t lived until you’ve been sat next to Nick McCarthy’s extended family at a show. Just saying.

Kodaline at Jammin’ Java (13th October 2013) – it must be nice to be on your first headline tour of North America and arrive in a city to find out you’ve sold out your gig there. I’ve seen quite a few post-gig fan queues in my day, but this one for Kodaline stretched to about forever. We hung around for over an hour and a half, watching the band say hello, sign autographs and take photos with each and every fan that wanted to meet them. If only all bands were as considerate.

the Static Jacks at DC9 (2nd October 2013) – this guys just get better and better every time I see them. They managed to turn a humdrum Wednesday night in Washington into a disco, with appreciative fans cutting a rug to their music. Doesn’t really get any better than that.

Villagers at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel (13th June 2013) – this was the first time I’d see the Villagers full band setup, having only seen Conor J. O’Brien solo in 2010. If you had reservations that ‘Becoming a Jackal’ was a whimper-y kind of record and you weren’t sold on their new direction in ‘{Awayland}’, go see them live now and watch them rock out.

the Joy Formidable at 9:30 Club (21st April 2013) – I prefer to see this Welsh band in smaller, dingier confines because I think their music suits that kind of environment better, but still, this was an amazing show. Hard to believe the first time I saw them was in November 2010, barely filling half of Black Cat Backstage’s capacity of 200.

After the cut: the full list of all the gigs, in reverse chronological order, that I’ve been to in 2013. The runner-up gigs are also marked.

Continue reading Top Gigs of 2013: Editor’s Picks

 

Video of the Moment #1389: Franz Ferdinand

 
By on Wednesday, 20th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Franz Ferdinand‘s latest promo video is for next single ‘Bullet’, from their current Domino Records album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ (reviewed by John here). The single will drop on the 24th of January 2014. And the video takes you round. Literally. Watch it below.

 
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